Ilford HP5 Plus 400 | Rollei 35 S

A few weeks ago I ran a roll of Ilford HP5 Plus 400 through my Rollei 35.

The simplicity of the Rollei is a pleasure. No menus to scroll through. JPEG? RAW? None of that. No fretting about lenses or filters. Just a bit of worry about the focus.

When it works out, it works out well.

Some shots from the ‘hood:

Golden Gardens Park, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.
1998 Ford Ranger. Loyal Heights, Washington. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.
Golden Gardens Park, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.
Seattle, Washington. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus.
Golden Gardens Park, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 Plus 400.

Week 29 | December 28 – January 3, 2020

Another week. This time we click over the calendar to a new year and a new decade. Twenty years now since the y2k “scare;” since we partied like it’s 1999.

This week’s photos feature some scans from a roll of Ilford HP5 400 shot at Fisherman’s Terminal. One from Chicago and one from an Uber ride return. Such a diverse set shows my rich and varied life. I am lucky.

Fishermen’s Terminal. Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 400.
Fishermen’s Terminal. Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 400.
Golden Gardens, Seattle. December 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 400.
Chicago. December 28, 2019. Fuji x100f.
Seattle. December 29, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford HP5 400.

Fremont | Ektar 100 | Rollei 35 S

Kodak Ektar 100 and a late fall morning. That’s a good combination. Loaded in a Rollei 35 S and getting the zone focus right makes it an amazing combination.

Fremont is a Seattle neighborhood with a history of art and quirkiness. Recent years upscale clothing designer Cutter & Buck made its home there. Now Google has taken over several buildings and the funkiness now has a geeky feel.

It’s a great place to walk. Outdoor sculptures, bridges, water and trees make great subjects.

Here’s some shots from late October:

Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Fremont, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

Week 23 | November 16 – 22, 2019

Work is busy. But I spend two mornings a week shooting. A Sunday trip (there and back) over the mountains yielded several great captures.

I’ve reprogrammed the JPEG settings on my x 100f. I’m enjoying the changes. Less Classic Chrome more Pro Neg High.

Winter is on the doorstep. Soon snow will fall on the mountain passes. Rain and wind will drive us inside (too much).

Here’s some shots from the past week:

Fremont, Washington. November 16, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Bellevue, Washington. November 17, 2019. Fuji x100f. Acros-R.
Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Monochrome-R.
Green Lake, Seattle. November 21, 2019. Fuji x100f. Pro Neg Hi.

Ektar 100 | Rollei 35 S

The best color film? Probably the Ektar. Pulls the colors out. Doesn’t saturate like velvia jpegs. Less grainy than portra. Right?

These came back and the scans popped out. Posted a few a couple of week’s ago. Still finding gems in this roll.

Ektar always makes me forget my digital camera.

Here you go:

Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Holeman Road, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.

Week 20 | October 26 – November 1, 2019

Film, digital, black and white, color, country: this week had a bit of everything.

It’s been cold and clear. More winter than fall. Wondering when the rain will start. Maybe this weekend when the clocks fall back and we get that extra hour…in exchange for the plunge into darkness.

Had a hard time picking photos for this week. Here they are:

Evergreen Washelli Cemetery, Seattle, Washington. October, 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Carnation, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ektar 100.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. iPhone 8 Plus.
Norse Home. Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Fuji x100f. Astia.
Woodland Park. Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Fuji x100f. Astia.

Ilford Delta 400 | Rollei 35 S

Back from Moonphoto comes this weeks scans: Ilford Delta 400 shot with the Rollei 35 S.

The first three shots are architectural. Two from Ballard, including the first one of the award winning Ballard Library, and the third a building on the campus of Northwest Hospital.

Other writers have gushed about this film. I won’t go that far. My favorite black and white film is probably the Fomopan 100. But I may have been misusing this film. With the high, bright overcast sky, my pictures seem washed out a bit. I’d like to see more inky blacks; more charcoal.

But the following are acceptable to me. Especially the second and third.

Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Northwest Hospital, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Ballard, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.
Carkeek Park, Seattle, Washington. October 2019. Rollei 35 S. Ilford Delta 400.